First up and most importantly, is the sad news of George the Animal Steele passing away this weekend. I grew up with his matches and he was a character you loved and never forget. I’m sure everyone’s thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
The road to Wrestlemania is something we can expect to hear in nearly every other sentence, that and the symbolic “lets point at the WM sign” technique by everyone who got an invite to feature on the show.
For the likes of Bo Dallas, I doubt the main card of Wrestlemania is where he is headed, but I’d take a card full of Bo Dallas matches if the WWE promised not to feature nonsense such as Carmella and the Ellsworth story.
For many years, myself and friends in the literary/sport & entertainment world have commented that the WWE creative team has major failings (mainly skill) but now even the mainstream fan base have woken up to realise that there is a rot at the core of the WWE’s creative staff – and it smells worse than an Emmalina promo.
Raw came out with a reasonable show last week, Emmalina make her “debut” amongst rumours that the character was being dropped due to her not being up to the task. Dropped or not, I cannot be the only one who after 30 or seconds of uncomfortable viewing and bad acting, scratched their figurative head saying “What the f#ck?”
Bayley won the WWE Womens championship in a very good match, unfortunately the WWE refused to let her win cleanly so it says to me she won’t be holding the title for long and the WWE have other ideas for the face of the Raw Womens division.
The KO and Jericho storyline started its new direction with the turn we all knew was coming. For me this sets up nicely a reason for KO to lose his title to Goldberg in Fastlane (either by Jericho trying to help and win back KO or just straight interference) and a Jericho v KO match at Wrestlemania.
Personally I’d not have booked the KO/Jericho storyline because I think it detracted from the Womens title changing hands.
Roman Reigns beat Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
Kofi Kingston beat Bo Dallas
Jack Gallagher beat Noam Dar
Braun Strowman beat Mark Henry
Sami Zayn beat Rusev
Akira Tozawa beat Ariya Daivari
Cesaro beat Enzo Amore
And of course as mentioned earlier – Bayley beats Charlotte Flair
Moving on to Smackdown, if the Emmalina promo was bad, the WWE Carmella angle was a close second, I’ll mention it now only to get it out the way.
Not on Smackdown or part of any current storyline, there are rumours that Cena might be taking a break for other projects after WrestleMania. Rumours or not, all I’d say is – don’t feel you need to rush back John.
Bray Wyatt cut a decent promo for the start of the show and really there can be no complaints in his title reign because the man does bring much presence to the ring. That presence though could not be allowed to continue for long and Cena came out to get the focus on himself.
So then we get AJ joining the merry band of the champ and the narcissist out in the ring, happy providing the WWE booking staff with all the excuse they needed to shy away from a singles rematch and determining a winner and instead reverting to the form of the triple threat match thus insuring there is plenty of excuses for the loser and no wrestler brands suffer any damage.
The final segment of the show was interesting with Orton refusing to wrestling Wyatt at Wrestlemania. Presumably this means that we will get that match at SummerSlam, once the WWE has come to the end of its Wyatt family story.
Whilst Orton’s display of loyalty to his “master” fits the storyline nicely, what its really done is make the Royal Rumble a bit of a pointless exercise as we now have a number one contender to find to go against Wyatt.
But hey this is logic and the WWE. Two words that should never be in the same sentence.
American Alpha def. The Ascension
Baron Corbin savagely attacked Dean Ambrose
Mickie James def. Becky Lynch
WWE Champion Bray Wyatt def. John Cena and AJ Styles in a Triple Threat Match